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H5N1 Bird Flu Spreads to Tomsk Siberia

Recombinomics Commentary
June 27, 2006

A new outbreak of bird flu has hit the West Siberian region of Tomsk, the local administration said Tuesday.

A representative said a laboratory analysis of fancy pigeons that died in a village last week revealed the deadly virus.

"All the pigeons and chickens from the courtyard have been culled,"

The above description of confirmed H5N1 bird flu in Tomsk provides additional evidence of earlier and more widespread outbreaks in Russia. Last year the first reports of H5N1 in the Novosibirsk region were in mid-July. Those reports were followed by H5N1 infections along the southern border with Kazakhstan. In August there were reports of H5 antibodies in birds in Tomsk.

The finding in Tomsk comes on the heals of a massive outbreak in Tuva, which also failed to report H5N1 last year. Earlier there were reports of H5N1 in northwestern Russia last month. These reports suggest H5N1 in Russia is more widespread and will increase in the upcoming months. Last year the reported cases were in southern Siberia in a region that links flyways to the Indian subcontinent, eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Less frequent outbreaks were reported in western Europe and there were no reports in the Americas.

Flyways in northern Russia link to western Europe and North America via the East Atlantic fly way. There are also links to Alaska via the East Asia / Australia flyway. The H5N1 reported in India over the winter may feed into north eastern Russia, which would link to the outbreak in Tuva.

These early reports of H5N1 in new areas in Russia may be signaling a significant increase in the H5N1 geographical reach and lead to additional expansion in H5N1 bird flu range in the upcoming months
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State allotted $4.6M for flu pandemic prep

Funding to be used for more practice drills, supplies for community.

By Jennifer L. Boen jboen@news-sentinel.com

Almost $4.6 million in funding for pandemic flu preparedness is coming to Indiana, federal officials announced Tuesday.

The money is part of $225 million that the Department of Health and Human Services disbursed nationally and a $350 million appropriation passed by Congress in December to help states and local communities plan for a pandemic.

In February, $100 million was distributed, with Indiana receiving $2 million. HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt said the latest round of funding addresses gaps in preparation plans.

“These funds will build on the work begun at the summits and help… officials as they undertake critical preparedness planning that communities must do themselves,” Leavitt said in a statement.

Last month, Allen County staged the state’s first pandemic drill involving a mass treatment center. About 170 community volunteers served as mock patients, and 150 health professionals and emergency, security and support-services personnel participated. But Mindy Waldron, administrator of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health, said much more must be done.

The next drill, now in the planning stage, will involve setting up care centers in the community. The centers will help triage,, or prioritize, patients according to their medical needs.

“They could be for the worried well,” Waldron said, referring to people who are medically OK but whose fears of getting the disease create anxiety and even symptoms. She said they also could serve “those who may be ill but don’t know what their problem is.” The care centers could send people home, to the hospital or to a mass treatment center, which will be in the Memorial Coliseum.

The June 20 drill cost the health department almost $10,000, Waldron said. To date, the county has received $2,000 from the Indiana State Department of Health for pandemic preparedness. The state also pays the county $2 per person for every individual who attends educational forums given by Waldron and Allen County Commissioner of Health Dr. Deborah McMahan.

Whether any of the federal appropriations will help offset any more costs remains to be seen, Waldron said. But HHS guidelines for using the money call for spending on drills such as the one Allen County has held and others it hopes to stage in the future.

“We expect to use most of the money to support exercises at the state and local levels,” said Dr. Judith Monroe, state health commissioner, noting the state has 45 days to put together a detailed budget and work plan for HHS.

Waldron said funding also is needed to buy personal protection equipment such as suits and face masks. “We’re still exploring potential sources out there for less expensive ventilative support – mobile types,” she said. Currently, Fort Wayne and Allen County have only about 350 ventilators available. If a disease such as the bird flumutates and infects humans on a widespread scale, ventilators would be in great demand.

“One of the bigger gaps is oxygen. We have to figure out how we could supply oxygen,” , Waldron said. “We need the actual funding to prepare us with supplies.”

In August, the local health department will mail pandemic preparedness information booklets to all Allen County residents. “It will tell you all the things you need in a kit,” Waldron said. “It is targeted toward what you would need to do self care at home, to sustain yourself at home for an extended period of time (an estimated 2-4 weeks).” In September, residents will be encouraged to visit their neighborhood drug or grocery store, where pharmacy staff will help people assemble their kits.

Although bird flu activity has leveled off in recent weeks, Spain recorded its first case of H5N on Friday, the strain health officials fear is likely to mutate and cause a human pandemic. Health officials had predicted the disease would eventually show up in Spain because it is part of the northern migration route. Because of migration patterns, U.S. health officials are monitoring birds in Alaska.

According to the World Health Organization, as of July 4, 229 people were confirmed to have the H5N1 virus; 131 of them had died, a 57 percent mortality rate.
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Rapid H5N1 Evolution Via Recombination in Nigeria

Recombinomics Commentary
July 13, 2006

The H5N1 bird flu sequences from two farms in Lagos, Nigeria have been released. As indicated in last week's Nature, the sequences were distinct from each other as well as the published sequences from northern Nigeria (see phylogenetic tree) and southern Niger. These data indicate four separate introductions of H5N1 into the area and once again indicate wild birds have transported H5N1 into new areas. Nigeria is at the intersection of several major flyways, including the East Atlantic flyway which links western Africa to western Europe and northeastern Canada.

However, the Lagos sequences share polymorphisms with previously released sequences from Niger and Niger, as well as Egypt, Djibouti, and Turkey. There is also evidence of recombination, as the sequences continue to diversify. All sequences trace back to the H5N1 sequences from Qinghai Lake in China, but the Qinghai H5N1 bhird flu continues to evolve. These newly acquired polymorphisms punctuate a Qinghai genetic background, and provide data on travel routes and recombination.

As sequences are released from the WHO private database, patterns begin to emerge which identifies regional polymorphisms, but also provides patterns identify recombination, even when only a few polymorphisms are available. These &quot;new&quot; polymorphsism divide up the isolates and are powerful when couple with the time and location of the collected isolates. The H5N1 can be viewed in real time both those generating these sequences, and at a slight delay as sequences are made public.

A/chicken/Lagos.NIE/10.06/BA209(H5N1), AM262541
A/chicken/Lagos.NIE/10.06/BA210(H5N1), AM262542
A/chicken/Lagos.NIE/10.06/BA211(H5N1), AM262543
A/chicken/Lagos.NIE/8.06/SO300(H5N1), AM262546
A/chicken/Lagos.NIE/8.06/SO452(H5N1), AM262547
A/chicken/Lagos.NIE/8.06/SO493(H5N1), AM262553
A/chicken/Lagos.NIE/8.06/SO494(H5N1), AM262572

Seven new HA sequences have been released, three from one farm and four from another. Although both farms are near each other in Lagos, the isolates from each farm are quite distinct. On one farm, three polymorphisms, A846GG, G864A, and C1216T are in two or all three isolates, but not found in any other Qingahi sequence. However, two more, A211G and A1459G are also found in the Niger isolate. The sharing of polymorphisms between the Niger and other isolates indicate the Niger isolate is a recombinant with other Qinghai isolates.

Similarly, other polymorphisms, A115G, A626C, A1672G are only found on the other farm. However, those four isolates have additional polymorphsism shared with isolates from Egypt and Djibouti. Additional polymorphisms are shared with the three African countries, and the Czech Republic. Other polymorphismss extend to Mongolia, Astrakhan and Denmark. In addition, one of the Lagos isolate also has discordance within its genome, indicating it also is a recombinant with other Qinghai isolates.

The new sequences from Lagos also define additional groupings, which then indicate earlier isolates are also recombinants. Thus, as sequences are released, the &quot;new&quot; polymorphisms show clear travel routes of the migratory birds distributing the H5N1, and provide compelling evidence for frequent and widespread recombination between various Qinghai strains.

These new sequences will create new problems in the fall, as H5N1 continues to expand its geographical reach and genetic diversity, and WHO continues to withhold the sequences.

There are over 75 sets of sequences of Qinghai isoaltes from Europe and the Middle East in the private WHO database. These sequences should be released immediately.

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Indonesia stuck with bird flu as US confirms latest H5N1 death

Jul 14, 2006, 13:06 GMT Jakarta - A senior health official conceded Friday that Indonesia will be unable to bring bird flu under control in the near future, as a US laboratory confirmed the country's 41st death from the H5N1 virus.

Nyoman Kandun, director general of Indonesia's Health Ministry, said a sample sent to the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta confirmed that a 3-year-old toddler who died in hospital in Jakarta last week had bird flu.

Vietnam has recorded 42 bird-flu deaths, the most of any nation, but has not had a single case this year. Indonesia, however, has had 30 deaths alone in 2006 and a 75-per-cent death rate overall from the virus.

The Jakarta Post on Friday, citing leading veterinarians, reported that Indonesia will continue to be plagued by bird flu because the government's vaccination, early detection, research, eradication and public-awareness campaigns were not being conducted simultaneously.

Indonesia has been criticized for its slow reaction and subsequent attempts to contain the virus after it was first detected in the country's poultry population in 2004.

'Incidental culling in one area and vaccination in another would not ensure the virus would be gone,' Rangga Tabu, an animal expert from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, told a national veterinarian congress on Thursday, the Post reported.

Kandun agreed that as long as Indonesia was unable to stop birds from passing along the virus to humans, infections would continue among both the poultry and human populations.

'The risk factors are there,' he told Deutsche Presse Agentur dpa. 'As long as you cannot manage the upstream (of the disease) to people, you will be examining the cases all the time.'

International scientists and health officials have warned the H5N1 virus could mutate and cause human-to-human transmission, sparking a pandemic that could kill millions.

© 2006 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur
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WHO test confirms 41st human bird flu death in Indonesia

www.chinaview.cn 2006-07-15 19:35:50
BEIJING, July 15 (Xinhuanet)-- A US laboratory confirmed a three-year-old Indonesian girl who died in hospital in Jakarta last week had bird flu, a health ministry official said on Friday.

A World Health Organization-recognized laboratory in Atlanta confirmed she had the H5N1 virus.

The child's death brings the number of human bird flu deaths in Indonesia to 41.

The toddler, from Cisauk village southwest of the capital, died in a Jakarta hospital July 6, said Nyoman Kandun, a senior health ministry official.

She apparently had been in contact with infected poultry, Kandun said.

There was no information on whether any other members of the toddler's family were also infected, said Lily Sulistyowati, the health ministry's spokeswoman.

Indonesia's bird flu death toll is now just one short of the 42 in Vietnam, where no one has died from the virus this year.

Indonesia has been criticized for its slow reaction and subsequent attempts to contain the virus after it was first detected in the country's poultry population in 2004. Enditem
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Wildlife officials to check Va. birds for avian flu

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July 17, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. -- State and federal wildlife officials plan to check for avian influenza in birds that flock to Virginia's waterways.

About 800 waterfowl and about 800 shorebirds will be tested, starting with mute swans in August. The testing area mostly will be around the Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Bay and rivers in eastern Virginia.

The samples will join a federal database that by the end of the year will number roughly 100,000, gathered by universities, private organizations, and state and federal agencies, including the departments of Interior and Agriculture.

"The resident mute swans are a good one to look at because they are highly susceptible," said ornithologist Dan Cristol of the College of William and Mary. "If one turns up positive, we will know that a migratory species brought it in and transferred it to a resident."

Virginia and other states are implementing wildlife-surveillance plans for avian influenza in addition to their public health preparations for any pandemic human flu.

Virginia's diverse wetlands make the state a key autumn destination for birds heading south, and that's one reason the state is considered a primary sampling site, according to Bob Ellis, assistant director of the wildlife division for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Ellis led development of Virginia's plan, which will extend through the fall.

Since 2003, the H5N1 virus has killed more than 100 people and millions of birds worldwide, sparking fears that the virus could mutate into a pandemic influenza.

Dozens of species of wild birds as well as domestic poultry have been hit by bird flu. So far, officials know of no U.S. bird infected by the H5N1 virus, nor has anyone in the country been sickened by it.

Federal officials this summer are monitoring Alaska and the Pacific Northwest as the likeliest region for H5N1's entry from Asia into the United States. In Alaska alone, the U.S. Geological Survey has 50 camps to take samples from 27 species of shorebirds and waterfowl, said Paul Slota, who oversees laboratory testing of the samples at the National Wildlife Center.

But the virus also could come via the Atlantic Flyway, which stretches from Greenland to Canada and south through Virginia to Florida and Puerto Rico. American birds summering in Greenland mix with those migrating from Africa and Europe, where avian flu already exists.

Experts said the first infected birds could show up along the East Coast as soon as late August or September.

By then, game and wildlife officials will have fanned out along eastern Virginia's waterways. In some cases they will be capturing live waterfowl but more often seeking out birds harvested by hunters along the Chesapeake Bay and inland waterways.
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bird flu hasnt been the Trendy Thing to Fear in over 5 months. we've all moved on to being scared of WWIII, get with it
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bird flu hasnt been the Trendy Thing to Fear in over 5 months. we've all moved on to being scared of WWIII, get with it
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Commentary

Tuva and Mongolia H5N1 Bird Flu Sequences Are Similar

Recombinomics Commentary
July 26, 2006

The full sequence of all eight gene segments from a crested grebe, A/grebe/Tyva/Tyv06-2/06(H5N1), in Tyva (Tuva) has been released. The sample was collected June 24, 2006 and provides the most current view of the evolution of the H5N1 bird flu Qinghai strain. The isolate comes from a recent massive die-off that rivals the Qinghai outbreak at Qinghai Lake in China in 2005.

The current outbreak extends from the Russian province of Tuva, into northern Mongolia. Recently, and H5N1 isolate from a whooper swan in Mongolia, A/whooper swan/Mongolia/2/06(H5N1), was also made available at GenBank. The two sequences are remarkably similar. They have a number of recently acquire polymorphisms that are not found in other Qinghai strain, yet the polymorphisms are in both the Mongolian and Russian isolates. These shared polymorphisms are in all eight gene segments as listed below

The shared polymorphisms indicate the Qinghai strain of H5N1 continues to evolve. Unlike the polymorphisms in western Africa, the similarity between these recent isolates is striking. There are differences and some additional polymorphisms are shared with other isolates such as mute swan isolate from Italy or Astrakhan, but these two isolates have more similarities than the various isolates from Nigeria, Niger, and the Ivory Coast.

However, these are early collections, and additional birds will bring in new H5N1 sequences to Mongolia. Similarly, many of the isolates from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are now at Chany Lake, generating new combinations of sequences.

These newly acquired sequences can be used to classify the isolates and show that the strain is constantly evolving via evolution as shown by discordant newly acquired polymorphisms.

The widespread detection of the Qinghai strain raises surveillance issues. Wild life conservation groups failed to find H5N1 in Africa and few countries have detected H5N1 in live wild birds, although detection in dead birds has been widespread.

These recent sequences demonstrate an expanded geographical reach and added genetic complexity generated by recombination. The Qinghai stain of H5N1 will soon be mixing with the H5 found to be widespread in Canada in 2005. The first published sequence has acquired swine sequences, indicating the swine can serve as reservoirs and create new H5N1 sequences worldwide,

PB2 A1398G T1460C

PB1 T87C C557T G1362T T2196C

PA T147C G228A T571C T1594C G1825G

HA G59A C796T A1300GG1562T

NP C74T G343A

NA C162T C979T G1361A

MP C559A

NS T41A A849G A851G

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